World Cup winning rugby coach and British Olympic Director of Performance Sir Clive Woodward has met with the five athletes selected for Team GB's Olympic Ambition programme as the first stage of their 'full Olympic experience'.

The BOA's Olympic Ambition scheme has picked out five promising school athletes who have the potential to compete at the 2014 Winter & 2016 Summer Olympics and incorporate them into the current Team GBs preparations this summer.

After meeting skier Calum Irvine (18), boxer Chantelle Cameron (21), diver Daniel Goodfellow (15), shooter Eddie Graver (18) and swimmer Hasna Hakim (13), Sir Clive explained the reasoning behind the programme.

"We're getting together some of best prospects for the future and giving them a flavour of what the Olympics is all about," he said.

"The Olympics is very different to any other competition they will have been part of as young athletes so if we can get them accustomed to the 'Olympic experience', then when they go their to compete 'for real' it will give them an advantage over athletes from other countries."

Watch interviews with (clockwise) Calum, Daniel, Hasna and Eddie:

  
  

As part of the Programme, the selected athletes and their coaches visited Team GB's Preparation Camp at Loughborough University to take part in kitting out before now travelling to London to visit the Olympic Village, watch two Olympic competition sessions and experience the atmosphere at Team GB House in Westfield Stratford City.

 

The first five athletes named to participate in the Team GB Ambition Programme are all members of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme which scouts the best athletes seen during Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week.

This year's School Sport week has also coincided with the Olympic Torch's journey and last week both arrived in Nottingham as 1300 pupils from Ellis Guilford School & Sports College took part in a day of Olympic and Paralympic sport with Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener. 

Gardner, who won gold in the 4x100m relay at the 2004 Athens Games, was delighted to bring the Torch to his hometown and officially open the day of National School Sport Week activity in the East Midlands.

"I reached the levels that I did because of my school sports opportunities so it's great to be able to give back and to try inspire another generation of children to get active and become involved in sports," he said.

The event was just one of thousands run last week as part of National School Sport Week (25 - 29 June), which is run in partnership with Youth Sport Trust and the London 2012 Get Set+ education programme.

Watch highlights of National School Sports Week 2012:

For more information visit www.schoolsportweek.org  

Posted 03/07/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com (all videos courtesy www.digitalnewsagency.com)